ePortfolios are located in your Canvas account and not in any particular course. This means you can maintain one or more ePortfolios separate from courses that you can use in various ways. You can control access to an ePortfolio or set the ePortfolio as public so that anyone on the Internet can view the contents of the ePortfolio. You can also download a personal copy of an ePortfolio when you graduate from Avila University.
Go to Wikipedia for an excellent description of ePortfolios and how they are used in academics and professional careers.
The Canvas community has a number of resources on how to setup and maintain your ePortfolio in Canvas.
Here are the basics:
- Access your ePortfolios by going to personal settings (upper right portion of the Canvas window and select ePortfolios in the left panel, or you can go directly to https://avila.instructure.com/dashboard/eportfolios (you will be prompted to login if you are not in Canvas).
- Select an ePortfolio you created earlier or follow the instructions on the screen to create a new one. There is also usually a Create an ePortolio button in the right panel.
- Just before you open an ePortfolio, the front page will have some options. You can either use a wizard to guide your development of the ePortfolio or go to the actual ePortfolio and begin organizing and adding content. Canvas will also list assignments that you submitted in various courses. You can choose to include the assignments in your ePortfolio by clicking the assignment link. This will add a page to one of your ePortfolio sections with the assignment.
- You create and organize your ePortfolio using the left panel. Here you can create sections and drag sections in the preferred order. You can also make the ePortfolio public through the ePortfolio settings.
- You add pages to the sections using the right panel. There are currently four content items you can add to a page: Rich Text Content, HTML/Embedded Content, Course Submission, and Image/File Upload. You can add multiple instances of these content items to a page and you can drag/drop the items in the order you wish.
- Rich Text Content: inserts a text box on the page with a menu bar of limited editing features.
- HTML/Embedded Content: inserts a container where you can embed a script provided by resources like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
- Course Submission: Let’s you select an assignment from one of your courses to embed as an artifact on the page.
- Image/File Upload: inserts an image or file from your computer.